Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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RE: Responsible journalism
by lemur2 on Sun 12th Dec 2010 05:52 UTC in reply to "Responsible journalism"
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As a military veteran I am all for free speech, free expression, etc. With that in mind there comes such a thing as responsible journalism and the posting of information. WikiLeaks failed to exercise responsibility in its latest postings on the Internet.
There are some things that should not be known through out the world. It's just the way that it is. I think law enforcement should aggressively go on the offense against WikiLeaks and 4Chan for what they have done. They have possibly put the United States and its people in danger as well as caused damage to diplomacy. I am quite sure that the King of Saudi Arabia and others did not ask for their comments to be viewed by Al Quida and other dissidents so that the possibility of terrorism on their people would happen.
Again there is such a thing as responsible journalism. If you post something that could be construed as not accurate or causes possible danger than you should be expecting ramifications of your actions.
Also I would not take too much stock in information posted by a website that is ran by an accused sex offender who will not face his charges yet alleges they are untrue. If they are not the truth then why is he afraid to go to Sweden and prove his innocence? I will tell you why-he is a coward, plain and simple.
The time has come to enforce responsible journalism and punish those that fail to exercise it. Free speech and expression means that you are free to say or write what you want so long as they are into the bounds of safety, security, and responsibilities. We all have those responsibilities.

Check your facts.

WikiLeaks has done very little other than publish the specific cables that have been first released by newspapers around the world, including with the redactions applied by those papers.

That WikiLeaks has (with a handful of exceptions) published ONLY what other newspapers first published is a VERIFIABLE FACT. AP reported it, and all you have to do is look on its website to see that virtually all the cables published were ones first published by the five partner newspapers.

Wikileaks is just as responsible as its five partner mainstream media outlets are. This is verifiable fact.

Backup here:

Yor claim:
WikiLeaks failed to exercise responsibility in its latest postings on the Internet.

If that is ture, then it is also true of the five partners of Wikileaks, who helped Wikileaks redact the cables before posting them. The New York Times and Washington Post are two media oulets amongst those five.

I know it is hard to check facts when outlets like Time are contradicting verifibale fact in their attempts to smear Wikileaks, but it isn't impossible.

SOME sources, such as Associated Press, are apparently still willing to report the truth.

There are some things that should not be known through out the world. It's just the way that it is.

There are some wrongdoings by the government that they do not want people to know about, so they simply "classify" it (aka bury it). The only way such wrongdoings can the be rectified is via whistleblowers. It's just the way it is.

According to Ron Paul, lying is not patriotic.

Edited 2010-12-12 06:06 UTC

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